Pondering for Friday, May 8, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Friday after the 4th Sunday of Easter: Year 2

 PsalmP40, 54  Psalm 51; Exod. 34:18-351 Thess. 3:1-13; Matt. 5:27-37

Psalm 40: 1 – 3
1 I waited patiently upon the Lord; he stooped to me and heard my cry.

2 He lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay; he set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure.

3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many shall see, and stand in awe,
and put their trust in the Lord.

This Psalm opens with the honest confession of one opening his heart to the Lord.  He confesses that he was pretty much at his wits end.  But he also confesses that God heard his request and had mercy on him. I always say that God’s ears hears tears. It’s probably incorrect grammar but the point is made.

The Psalmist’s desolate pit, his mire and clay could be the weight of his own sin or the abuse he has suffered at the hands of others. It makes no difference. God is merciful and will respond to the cry of those who believe.

The Psalmist then goes on to be an example to others and to the world of what God can, and will, do for those who believe. He speaks of a new song in his mouth, a song of praise to his God. This Psalm continues with praise and adoration for God.

Today we need more singers of God’s mercy, love and goodness for those in need.  We need to hear more of this now in this time of quarantine due to the Coronavirus. Let us all sing praises to our Lord. Amen.  

Today we remember Dame Julian of Norwich c. 1417. “She became a recluse, an anchoress, at Norwich soon after her recovery from illness, living in a small dwelling attached to the Church of St. Julian. Even in her lifetime, she was famed as a mystic and spiritual counselor and was frequently visited by clergymen and lay persons, including the famous mystic Margery Kempe. Kempe says of Julian: “This anchoress was expert in knowledge of our Lord and could give good counsel. I spent much time with her talking of the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (taken from the Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 8)

Mystics walk among us today and I hope to be one too.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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